Is It Okay to Breastfeed When I’m Pregnant?






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1. Is It Safe?

To answer the question quite simply, yes, it is safe to breastfeed while you are pregnant. Breastfeeding while pregnant poses no risk to an unborn baby. It also poses no risk to a nursing baby to breastfeed while pregnant.


However, there are a few things that women who are breastfeeding while pregnant need to know in order to ensure health for themselves, their unborn baby, and their nursing baby as well.

2. Hardships Of Breastfeeding While Pregnant

There are sometimes a few things that might negatively affect breastfeeding while pregnant. The pregnancy hormones can, in some cases, affect the taste and texture of your breast milk. This is especially true in late pregnancy, when your colostrum comes in.


Your nursing baby might refuse to nurse during this time because of the different taste of your milk. Also, your breasts might be extremely sore, swollen or tender during pregnancy, and this can make for some very uncomfortable nursing sessions.

3. How Many Calories?

One thing that many pregnant and nursing moms don’t realize is that they will need to significantly increase their calorie intake during pregnancy in order to get enough nutrients to nourish themselves, their unborn baby, and their nursing baby as well. Most experts say that pregnant women who are also nursing need to increase their caloric intake by about 650 calories per day.


Also, they need to make sure that they are “eating with a purpose” and not eating any empty calories. Cakes, cookies, crackers, chips, fried foods, fast foods, etc. are all considered empty calories. Make sure to eat lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, low fat dairy and whole grains to give yourself the best nourishment possible.

4. Time For Weaning?

Many pregnant women who are also nursing start to think about weaning while they are pregnant. Nursing two children at once can really be extremely difficult and taxing on a new mom, so many moms try to wean their older child while they are still pregnant.


This is usually considered a good idea, depending on the age of the nursing child. You might want to try to start weaning your older child several months before your baby is born for best results.


Gradually try to start reducing nursing sessions, while still spending that special one on one time with your child. If you can follow a schedule of reducing feedings, it should be fairly easy to have your nursing child weaned before your baby is born.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.